Top Five Vegetables That Are Fruits In Reality

vegetables that are fruit in real

If we ask you to differentiate between a fruit and a vegetable, you would answer that fruits are usually sweet in flavor and vegetables are tangy. Right? And that is how you have been differentiating between several fruits and vegetables. But to your surprise, this basis isn’t just enough to tell what is fruit real or what is not. So come with us as we unravel the fruits you have been consuming for years, thinking to be a vegetable. Stick to the end as this article is brimmed with surprises. Here is the scoop on the vegetables that are fruits in real.

Top Five Vegetables That Are Fruits In Real

So, let us dig into the top five fruits disguised as vegetables.

#5. Cucumbers

Do you know the food you apply to your eyes to cure dark circles or eat as a salad dressing is a fruit in real? Yes, you read that right. Cucumbers are vegetables that pretend to be something else. You will be taken aback if we say that cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe belong to the same family of plants, Cucurbitaceae. So, unknowingly, you were eating cucumbers as vegetables when they were real fruits. Cucumbers are one of the vegetables that are fruits in real.

cucumber a fruit in real

#4. Pumpkins

Pumpkin is our next stop. We say pumpkin, and you imagine Halloween. Well, now is not the time to think about Halloween, as it is months away. Enough chit-chat. Let us dig together how pumpkin is a fruit instead of a vegetable. A pumpkin is a seed-bearing fruit that comes from a flower and shares similarities with other fruits such as butternut and zucchini.

vegetables fruit in real

Interestingly, cucumber and pumpkin are said to be close relatives. Let us explain how. Both of these fruits belong to the same plant family, Cucurbitaceae. So, if we apply the human logic here, two people share the same family name; they are said to be close relatives. So, with this logic, the pumpkin makes an entry into the list of vegetables that are fruits in real.

#3. Tomatoes

It is not hidden from anyone that the tomato is a fruit in real instead of a vegetable. For years, we have been using tomatoes in several dishes and salads. This is because tomatoes and eggplants come from the same plant family, Solanaceae. The reason why tomatoes are considered a fruit is the same as eggplants. Don’t worry; you can get your answer in the next paragraph. Tomatoes, a nightshade family member, grow from the seeds of a flower that belongs to Solanum Lycopersicum. 


tomato a fruit in real

#2. Eggplants or Brinjal

Next on our list is eggplant (popularly known as brinjal). This fruit, disguised as a vegetable and fooling you for years, comes under the Solanaceae family. Many of you would claim that Potato also comes under the nightshade plants (nightshade family). So, with this logic, the Potato is also a fruit. But no. Potato is a tuber and is considered an actual vegetable. In contrast, eggplants would not come under the category of vegetables as they mature from the seeds of flowers (Solanum Melongena), also known as aubergine, guinea squash.

vegetables that are fruits

#1. Okra or Ladyfinger

The last stop on the list of vegetables that are fruits in real it must be quite a shocker for you. Right? How come you were never aware that okra (popularly known as ladyfinger) is a fruit in real? For the unversed, this fruit belongs to the family of Malvaceae. Abelmoschus esculentus (Okra) not only fulfills our food craving with its mouthwatering recipes but also helps cure several health ailments. For instance, stomach irritation and inflammation.

okra a fruit in real


So, this was the list of the vegetables that are fruits in real. Stay tuned as more is coming your way. And don’t forget to follow Health WriteUps for a daily dose of health-related articles. 


Tarishi Aggarwal
Ph.D. in Dental Science, Tarishi is well known for his works in the health sector. Reach out at [email protected]